"Given an answer sheet, these students shaded in L-O-V-E over ABCD
A set of standards commonly set forth before
Acing geography by means of peace instead of war
Shaping the world henceforth
They will elevate our math to where the sum of the people
Is greater than the parts
Becoming fluent in the languages of English, Spanish, and caring
America, please put down your pencils
This is not a test!"
This is Not a Test is a poem written and performed by Jose Vilson at the Save Our Schools March in Washington, D.C. on July 30th, 2011.
José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father. He co-authored the book Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Public Schools … Now and In The Future with Dr. Barnett Berry and 11 other accomplished teachers. He currently serves as the president emeritus of the Latino Alumni Network of Syracuse University and as a board member on the Board of Directors for the Center for Teaching Quality.
He writes for Edutopia, GOOD, and TransformED / Future of Teaching, and has written for CNN.com, Education Week, Huffington Post, and El Diario / La Prensa NY. He has also spoken at TEDxNYED and the Save Our Schools March.
This is so POWERFUL.
-- read whole POEM here
-- Get his book "This is not a Test"